BROOMFIELD — Squaring off in a windy pitchers duel Monday, the Broomfield and Boulder baseball teams took turns scratching out runs any way they could.
Each of the three times the Boulder Panthers found a creative way to score, the Broomfield Eagles matched it. Neither team had an extra-base hit.
After seven back-and-forth innings, I was the Eagles who led last, winning 4-3 and home on senior Josh Carrillo's pinch-hit, walk-off single.
"We just kind of hung in," Eagles head coach Garren Estes said. "So did Boulder. We just wanted to keep plugging along, and it seemed like every time they scored, we answered. We just wanted to put the ball in play, make things happen, capitalize on any mistakes, and we were able to do that."
Both teams pushed a run across in the second inning. After leaving four runners in scoring position through the first three innings, the Panthers (6-8, 3-4 Front Range) took a small-ball approach to take a 2-1 lead in the fourth. Dana Sullivan reached on an infield single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Max Bajza bunted Sullivan to third, and Cameron Burke brought him home with a two-out single.
The Eagles (7-5-1, 6-1 Front Range) manufactured a run of their own to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth. Tanner Garner singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a throwing error, after which he took third on a fly out to center. One batter later, Josh Cox drive Garner in with a game-tying single.
"Both pitchers were pitching well, and the wind was really blowing the ball in, so both teams had to try to do the little things to get a few runs," Panthers head coach Colt Sedbrook said. "They just did a better job of that today."
Bajza reached first on an error to lead off the seventh inning. He then stole second, tagged up and took third on a fly out and scored on a single from Andrew McCarthy to give Boulder its third one-run lead of the game. But with Cameron Mainland on to close the game, a lead-off single from Broomfield's Ben Peterson and a pair of costly errors doomed the Panthers, who did not record an out in the seventh.
By the time Carrillo stepped to the plate with Joey Arensdorf on third and no outs, he simply needed to make solid contact.
"That was definitely the first time I've had that situation brought on me," Carrillo said. "But I just stayed confident and stuck to what I know how to do, just hit the ball opposite, keep it simple and get the run in."
The Eagles will host Greeley West (2-11, 1-5 Front Range) today. Also today, the Panthers will host Mountain Range (4-7, 2-3 Front Range).
Broomfield 4, Boulder 3
At Broomfield H.S.
Boulder 010 100 1 — 3 7 5
Broomfield 010 001 2 — 4 6 3
W — Ben Peterson. L — Cameron Mainland.
Boulder hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Andrew McCarthy 4-0-1-1, Jordan Wardell 3-0-1-0, Aiden Chandler 4-0-0-0, Henry Ryan 3-0-0-0, Mason Hitz 3-0-1-0, Dana Sullivan 2-2-1-0, Max Bajza 2-0-1-0, Sam Douglas 2-0-0-0, Jackson Dinkel 1-0-0-0, Cameron Burke 3-0-2-2, Jacob Katz 0-1-0-0. Totals 27-3-7-3. SB — Wardell, Chandler, Katz.
Broomfield hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Chase Arnold 3-0-1-0, Tanner Garner 3-1-1-0, Walter Pennington 3-0-0-0, Mason Speirs 3-0-0-0, Josh Cox 3-1-2-1, Matt Turner 2-0-0-0, Ben Peterson 3-1-1-0, James Notary 2-0-0-0, Joey Arensdorf 1-1-0-0, Nick Carter, 0-0-0-0, Angelo Alvarado 2-0-0-0, Josh Carillo 1-0-1-1. Totals 26-4-6-2. SB — Cox, Arnold, Carter.
Boulder pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Sanjay Solomon 6-4-2-1-1-4, Cameron Mainland 0-2-2-2-0-0.
Broomfield pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — James Notary 6.1-6-3-2-1-8, Ben Peterson 0.2-1-0-0-0-0.